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About The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA)

The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage ("Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium - KIK" in Dutch and "Institut royal du Patrimoine artistique - IRPA" in French) is a federal non-profit institution that takes care of Belgium's heritage: art, monuments and items of historical value. These unique and irreplaceable creations embody our shared history and contribute to our identity as a society. That is why we believe that art generates the emotion that binds us all together.

Researching, preserving and unlocking our heritage

To preserve art and heritage for future generations, we commit ourselves to the highest standards of research and conservation-restoration. This ambition is only possible through a synergy between the diverse disciplines. The Institute brings together art historians, photographers, chemists, physicists, conservators-restorers, experts in image creation, engineers, geologists, etc. Our research gains relevance by bringing together their findings from different angles. In addition, we ensure the transmission of knowledge about works of art, cultural heritage and the technologies of conservation and restoration.

The art of heritage: a unique model for the very best care

The functioning of our Institute is based on 6 pillars, which together create a special added value for our heritage:

  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Expertise
  • High-tech
  • Broad collaboration
  • Documentation
  • Knowledge sharing & education

Annual reports

Please consult our annual reports for a complete overview of our work and activities.